Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Executive Director, Education Post

Chicago, Illinois

Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national on-line platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted June 14, 2017

Coffee Break: Hanna Skandera on Her Preferred Coffee Shade, New Mexico’s Rise and Truth-Telling

The schools of New Mexico have benefitted from strong and stable leadership at the state level for the past seven…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 12, 2017

Ed Post Statement on Success Academy Winning Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools

Success Academy was named this morning as the winner of the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Congratulations to all…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 11, 2017

Education Reform Isn’t Just for Cities

School reform advocate Derrell Bradford and policy writer Andy Rotherham hit on it. Illinois education writer Tracy Dell’Angela has a…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 23, 2017

Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Education Budget

Critics of the Obama administration’s Department of Education repeatedly targeted what they saw as federal “overreach” into local districts. Now…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 8, 2017

If We Really Want to ‘Make America Great Again’ We Have to Restore the American Dream

Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan asked recently, “What’s Become of the American Dream,” which she…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 5, 2017

Teach For America Could Be Exactly What America’s Schools Need to Reduce Implicit Bias

As a young man, President Lyndon Johnson taught desperately poor children in South Texas and would often reference this eye-opening…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 4, 2017

Some Advice for Young Education Reformers

Conservative education policy writer Rick Hess has a new book out called “Letters to a Young Education Reformer.” He invited me…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Highlighting Diversity in the Charter School Movement

There are a lot of myths about public charter schools, but one of the inescapable truths is that there is…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Coffee Break: CEO of NOLA’s Urban League on Empowering Communities and Doing What’s Good for Kids

Erika McConduit is the second female to serve as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2017

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

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By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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